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QUOTE (Lester @ Jul 18 2015, 12:06 PM) *
Cool! Nice to hear you can get the same picture as I do smile.gif
I will have to start writing the lyrics soon, it just seems that songwriting goes so slowly tongue.gif
Let's just hope the results are worth it smile.gif



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Good point! I am on my vacation tomorrow for about 10 days, so I'll continue after that biggrin.gif
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QUOTE (Lester @ Jul 21 2015, 02:39 PM) *
Good point! I am on my vacation tomorrow for about 10 days, so I'll continue after that biggrin.gif



Ok! Enjoy your vacation! wink.gif


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Thnx! I just got back yesterday...I'll get back to work cool.gif
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QUOTE (Lester @ Aug 3 2015, 12:52 PM) *
Thnx! I just got back yesterday...I'll get back to work cool.gif



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Hi Gabe,

I just finished another analysis of a song, seven nation army, this version by Ben L'oncle soul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWWZx8P9MAA

I only transcribed the melody line in the verse, because there is no singing in the intro and bridge and in the chorus it's more like a few repetitions of what has already been sung. more like freestyling so to say. smile.gif


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Hey mate, what a killer version you've found!

It's curious to see how much a song can grow by working on the arrangements. The original song is very simple but still really cool. This version is full of stuff but keeps the feel and spirit of the original one, but makes it sound so big.

This analysis should give you ideas on how you could arrange your songs for a full band, so the comparison between the original and this one is also a essential part of the analysis.

Congrats on the choice and the good job!


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Hi Gabe,

Here's a first draft of the lyrics for the verse of my song, I'm progressing slowly, but it does go somewhere biggrin.gif
Here it is:

https://youtu.be/DcLWQO0dq7s

The singing is very sloppy since I just came up with the melody I need some time to practice it.
These are the lyrics and the melody notes:

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I'll practice it and come up with a better version soon! Although it might take a little longer, I'm moving to Helsinki for my studies, so I will also be busy settling at my new place smile.gif
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I love it mate. The melody is wonderful and the words fit really naturally on it. You have something really cool here. Try to get the words for the chorus to then start focusing on vocal interpretation.... this is really promising!

Good luck with the move. smile.gif


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Hi Gabe,

What's going on? smile.gif
I've completed my move to Finland and settled in my new house, ready to get back practicing smile.gif
Although I have one problem: I couldn't bring my acoustic guitar sad.gif
I found out at the last moment that I need a hardcase for it, but I didn't have one.

So I'll be limited to my electric guitar for a couple of months, we can still work on the songwriting assignment, but it might not be the best sound quality if I use an acoustic simulator for my fender.

Anyway, I'll get back to work biggrin.gif

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Hi mate, congrats on your move. smile.gif

Don't worry about guitar, it can be refreshing to experiment with it even for the style that you are interested nowadays.

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Hi Gabe,

I wrote a chorus for my song, but I just thought about something...I cannot make a take with singing while I'm here.. rolleyes.gif
Because I can't make a quick take with my phone, since I play on MIDI interface and not an amp...and I do not have a mic for my MIDI interface.

Do you know any other way that I could still do this? or should we focus on something else for the time being?

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Hi Lester, I don't really get the problem, could you please go deeper about what you are using regarding hardware and software to create your recordings?



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Sure! biggrin.gif
I have a MIDI interface and a webcam for recording...When I recorded Ideas before, they where made with my phone, just to give an idea of the acoustic guitar work and the singing.
I cannot do the phone anymore, because my acoustic guitar is not here, only my Fender...I cannot capture it with my phone, because I have no amp here...only MIDI interface.

Another option would be using a mic with the MIDI interface, but I do not have a mic here..

So I use:
Tascam US-144 MIDI interface
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Hi Lester,

I've checked that Tascam, and it's a soundcard that includes midi. You can connect your guitar directly and use it to record it but you can only record vocals with a mic. I think that this video can help you:



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Thanks for the video, I will check it out once I get home smile.gif
I don't have a mic, so I can't record vocals for my songwriting assignment now...so maybe we should focus on something else while I'm in FInland?

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yeah, what about some guitar practice? Are there any techniques or styles that you'd like to learn or adjust?



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I do! I stated it when we started: I woud like to be able to understand and play the blues (and bluesrock) smile.gif

I am having a little bit of trouble with my guitarrig software btw...the PC usage gets too high sometimes, so it starts stuttering
It's a problem when I want to run a GMC video and guitar rig at the same time for example...
I never had this problem, so I think it has something to do with windows 10 or something. I also didn't find any solutions online sad.gif

I might try to experiment with some other software, like the Reaper and amplitube in the video, although it seems a lot harder than guitar rig as a standalone biggrin.gif
Could you recommend anything else? I am kind of hoping that I can still fix guitar rig, which I like a lot smile.gif
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Hi Lester, this can be related to your soundcard too. If your PC is relatively new (I3, I5, I7) you should be able to use an amp emulator and videos. I would try using Reaper and maybe Poulin plug ins that are softer than Guitar Rig. I also have issues when using Guitar Pro stand alone and internet videos, so it can be a solution.

Here you can learn more about Poulin: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=52512

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I've updated the ASIO drivers and reinstalled the Tascam drivers and it seems to work now!
I will also try Poulin, maybe nice to experiment with something else for a change. So what lesson will we do? smile.gif
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